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DOT Reports 10 Percent of Fatalities Involve 15-20-Year-Old Drivers

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A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 25,580 people died and many more were injured in 2012 auto accidents from January through September. Being prepared before an accident can enable a victim to obtain all the necessary information that will be helpful to their case.

Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident you should discuss your case with an accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

According to a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), nearly 10 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2011 were between 15 and 20 years old. The report indicated that inexperience was a factor in the fatalities, but that other issues came into play.

In addition to inexperience, the report cited the following factors:

  • Driving with an invalid license—Of the 4,347 young drivers who were involved in fatal accidents, 33 percent did not have a valid driver's license or had previous license suspensions or revocations at the time of the accident.
  • Alcohol consumption—Nearly a third (32 percent) of 15- to 20-year-old drivers who were killed in accidents had a blood alcohol level of 0.01 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher and 28 percent had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher.
  • Failure to wear seat belts—Young drivers were less likely to fasten seat belts when they had been drinking. The report indicated that 57 percent of young drivers involved in fatal accidents who were drinking also were not wearing seat belts.

If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. We can obtain the relevant evidence including police reports.

Category: Auto Accidents

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia

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